Temple Bar, Co. Dublin

Dublin's Temple BarSome of Dublin's best night spots, restaurants and unusual shops line these narrow, cobbled streets running between the Bank of Ireland and Christ Church Cathedral. In the 18th century the area was home to many insalubrious characters-Fownes Street was noted for its brothels. It was also the birthplace of parliamentarian Henry Grattan. Skilled craftsmen and artisans, such as clockmakers and printers, lived and worked around Temple Bar until post-Emergency (post-war) industrialisation led to a decline in the area's fortunes. In the 1970s, the CIE (national transport authority) bought up parcels of land in this area to build a major bus depot. While waiting to acquire the land in this area to buildings needed, the CIE rented out, on cheap leases, some of the old retail and warehouse premises to young artists and to record, clothing and book shops. The area developed an "alternative" identity and a successful lobby by local residents persuaded CIE to drop their plans. As more cynical Dubliners put it, the area became the city's "officially designated arts zone". But while the new investment and planning may have added a slight air of contrivance, it's still an exciting, atmospheric and essentially very young place. Organisations based here include the Irish Film Centre (IFC), the experimental Projects Arts Centre and around a dozen galleries. There are also centres for music, multi-media and photography as well as a Children's Cultural Centre-an arts centre offering theatre, workshops and other entertainment for children.

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Upcoming Events in Temple Bar

Upcoming major events in Temple Bar:

  • Temple Bar TradFest 2015 (28 Jan - 1 Feb 2015)
    2015 will mark the 10th year of TradFest - a festival based in Dublin’s Temple Bar, showcasing the full spectrum of traditional & folk music in some of Dublin’s most unique venues.

Bus to Temple Bar

  • Bus routes operated by Bus Eireann:
    • 100X: Wilton Terrace - City Centre - Airport - Drogheda - Dundalk
    • 101X: Wilton Terrace - Drogheda - Termon Abbey
    • 109: Dublin - Dunshaughlin - Navan - Kells - Virginia - Cavan town
    • 111: Wilton Terrace - City Centre - Trim - Athboy - Granard - Cavan
    • 115: Dublin - Kilcock - Enfield - Mullingar
    • 120: Dublin - Clane - Prosperous - Edenderry - Tullamore
    • 123: Dublin - Clane - Prosperous - Robertstown/Newbridge
    • 126: Dublin - Kill - Naas - Newbridge - Kildare
    • 126N: Dublin - Naas - Newbridge - Clane: Nightrider
    • 130: Dublin - Kilcullen - Athy
    • 133: Dublin Airport - Dublin - Ashford - Wicklow
    • 177: Dublin - Airport - Ashbourne - Ardee - Monaghan - Clones
  • Aircoach operate bus services to Dublin Airport via Temple Bar:
    • Ballsbridge Aircoach
    • Cork Aircoach
    • Leopardstown Aircoach
  • Dublin Bus provide an extensive local bus service to Dublin City and its suburbs and surrounds. The following Dublin Bus routes serve Temple Bar:
    • 116: Parnell Square - Whitechurch
    • 118: Kilternan - D'Olier Street
    • 11: Wadelai Park - City Centre - Sandyford Industrial Estate
    • 120: Parnell Street - Ashtown Rail Station
    • 122: Ashington - Drimnagh Road
    • 123: Walkinstown (Kilnamanagh Road) - Marino
    • 13: Harristown - Grange Castle
    • 140: Palmerston Park - Finglas (Ikea)
    • 142: Portmarnock - UCD Belfield
    • 145: Heuston Rail Station - Kilmacanogue
    • 14: Beaumont (Ardlea Road) - City Centre - Dundrum Luas Station
    • 14C: Castle View - Liberty Hall
    • 150: Fleet Street - Rossmore
    • 151: Docklands (East Road) - Foxborough (Balgaddy Road)
    • 15: Clongriffin - City Centre - Ballycullen Road
    • 15A: Grand Canal Dock (Benson Street) - Limekiln Avenue
    • 15B: Grand Canal Dock (Benson Street) - Stocking Avenue
    • 16: Dublin Airport - Ballinteer (Kingston)
    • 16C: Kingston - Rotunda Hospital
    • 1: Santry (Shanard Road) - Sandymount (St. John's Church)
    • 25: Merrion Square - Lucan (Dodsboro)
    • 25A: Merrion Square - Lucan (Esker Church)
    • 25B: Merrion Square - Adamstown Rail Station
    • 25X: UCD Belfield - Lucan
    • 26: Merrion Square - Palmerstown (Cemetery)
    • 27: Clare Hall - Jobstown
    • 27X: UCD Belfield - Clare Hall
    • 32X: Malahide - UCD Belfield
    • 33X: Custom House Quay / Street Stephen's Green - Skerries
    • 37: Baggot Street / Wilton Terrace - Blanchardstown Centre
    • 38: Burlington Rd - Damastown
    • 38A: Burlington Rd - Damastown
    • 38B: Burlington Rd - Damastown
    • 39: Burlington Rd - Ongar
    • 39A: UCD Belfield - Ongar
    • 40: Finglas Village - Liffey Valley Shopping Centre
    • 41X: UCD Belfield - Swords
    • 44: Larkhill - Enniskerry
    • 46A: Phoenix Park - Dun Laoghaire
    • 46E: Blackrock Station - Mountjoy Square
    • 47: Fleet Street - Belarmine
    • 49: Pearse Street - Tallaght (The Square)
    • 4: Harristown - City Centre - Monkstown Avenue
    • 51D: Hawkins Street / Waterloo Rd - Clondalkin
    • 51X: Dunawley - UCD Belfield
    • 54A: Pearse Street - Ellensborough / Kiltipper Way
    • 56A: Ringsend Road - Tallaght (The Square)
    • 61: D'Olier Street - Whitechurch
    • 65: Hawkins Street - Blessington / Ballymore
    • 65B: Hawkins Street - Citywest
    • 66: Merrion Square - Maynooth
    • 66A: Merrion Square - Leixlip (Captain's Hill)
    • 66B: Merrion Square - Leixlip (Castletown)
    • 66X: UCD Belfield - Maynooth
    • 67: Merrion Square - Maynooth
    • 67X: UCD Belfield - Celbridge (Salesian College)
    • 68: Hawkins Street - Newcastle / Greenogue Business Park
    • 68A: Luby Road - Cinema
    • 69: Hawkins Street - Rathcoole
    • 69X: Hawkins Street - Rathcoole
    • 70: Burlington Rd - Dunboyne
    • 747: Heuston Rail Station - Dublin Airport
    • 77A: Ringsend Rd - Citywest
    • 79: Spiddal Park - Aston Place
    • 79A: Park West Road - Aston Place
    • 7: Mountjoy Square - Loughlinstown/Cherrywood
    • 7B: Mountjoy Square - Shankill
    • 7D: Mountjoy Square - Dalkey
    • 83: Harristown - Kimmage
    • 83A: Stannaway Court - Bus Garage
    • 84X: Trinity College - Newcastle / Kilcoole
    • 8: Mountjoy Square - Dalkey
    • 9: Charlestown - Limekiln Avenue
  • Dublin Bus's Nitelink services provide the following late-night bus services to Temple Bar:
    • 15N
    • 25N
    • 29N
    • 31N
    • 33N
    • 39N
    • 41N
    • 42N
    • 46N
    • 49N
    • 66N
    • 67N
    • 69N
    • 70N
    • 77N
    • 7N
    • 84N
    • 88N
  • Bus routes operated by Dublin Coach:
    • Limerick - Dublin City Centre
  • Bus routes operated by Mortons Coaches:
    • City Centre - Citywest
  • Bus routes operated by John Kearns:
    • Portumna - Dublin
  • Bus routes operated by Citylink:
    • 660
    • 761
    • Galway - Dublin

Things to See and Do in Temple Bar

Graphic Studio Gallery

off Cope Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
This modern and skylit gallery concentrates solely on Irelands graphic arts.

Irish Film Institute - IFI

6 Eustace St, Dublin 2
The Irish Film Institute is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. It provides audiences throughout Ireland with access to the finest independent, Irish and international cinema; it preserves and promotes Ireland’s moving image heritage through

Meeting House Square

Temple Bar, Dublin 2

National Photographic Archive

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
Opened in October 1998 and houses the National Library of Ireland's photographic collection, which comprises approximately 300,000 photographs. While most of the collections are historical there are some contemporary collections. Subject matter ra...

Original Print Gallery

4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland

Project Arts Centre

39 East. Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
This building, which doubles as a theatre at night, serves as a showcase for avant-garde paintings, free-expression sculpture, and other modern trends in the visual arts.

Sebastian Guinness Gallery

18 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Smock Alley Theatre

Lwr Exchange St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Temple Bar Gallery and Studios

4-8 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
Founded in 1983 in the heart of Dublins Left Bank, this is one of the largest studio/gallery complexes in Europe. More than 30 Irish artists work here at a variety of contemporary visual arts, from sculpture and painting to printing and photography.

The Ark

11a Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
The Ark is a cultural centre for children situated in the heart of Temple Bar. The Ark is Europe's first custom-designed arts centre for children and opened in September 1995. Every year some 20,000 children and 5,000 adults visit The Ark and participate

The Gallery of Photography The Gallery of Photography

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
This is Dublins only photographic gallery with exhibitions of international and Irish contemporary photographs, posters, and books on photography. It is a great spot to view photos of old Dublin as well as the contemporary scene.

The National Wax Museum Plus

4 Foster Place, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin
For an overall life-size view of Irish history and culture, this museum presents wax figures of Irish people of historical, political, literary, theatrical, and sporting fame.

The New Theatre

East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Hotels in Temple Bar

Blooms Hotel Blooms Hotel

Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Blooms Hotel is located in Dublin’s Temple Bar district, 150 metres from Trinity College and Dublin Castle. It has a traditional Irish pub, a nightclub and rooms with flat-screen TVs.

George Frederic Handel Hotel George Frederic Handel Hotel

16-18 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
In Dublin’s fashionable Temple Bar area, this hotel with free Wi-Fi is set within a quiet location on the historic Fishamble Street. The George Frederic Handel's elegant rooms include private bathrooms, and the Olympia Theatre is a 5-minute walk...

Paramount Hotel Paramount Hotel

Essex Gate & Exchange Street, Dublin 2
The boutique Paramount Hotel is in Dublin’s Temple Bar district, 500 metres from Dublin Castle. It offers stylish rooms designed in a 1930’s theme, free Wi-Fi, a bar and nightclub.

Temple Bar Inn Temple Bar Inn

40-47 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, 2, Co. Dublin
Located in Dublin, the bespoke Temple Bar Inn offers free WiFi access throughout and a 24-hour front desk. The popular O'Connell Street and Trinity College are both a 3-minute walk away.

Arlington Hotel Temple Bar Arlington Hotel Temple Bar

Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2
Located in the very heart of Dublin city centre, this hotel is opposite the historic Dublin Castle and beside Temple Bar. Each evening, it hosts live song and Irish dance in its Legends Bar.

Fitzsimons Hotel Temple Bar Fitzsimons Hotel Temple Bar

21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin, Co. Dublin
In Temple Bar, the boutique Fitzsimons Hotel overlooks the River Liffey. With a 24-hour reception the hotel has free continental breakfast, late night bars with live music, a nightclub and a rooftop terrace.

Fleet Street Hotel Fleet Street Hotel

19/20 Fleet Street, Dublin 2
In the bustling Temple Bar district of Dublin, the newly refurbished Fleet Street Hotel is just 100 metres from the River Liffey. Opposite Trinity College, it features rooms with flat-screen satellite TVs and free Wi-Fi in all areas.

RiverHouse Hotel of Temple Bar RiverHouse Hotel of Temple Bar

23-24 Eustace Street, Dublin 2
In the centre of lively Temple Bar, with its famous pubs and restaurants, the RiverHouse Hotel offers modern rooms and its own nightclub. Trinity College is just 5 minutes’ walk away.

Temple Bar Hotel Temple Bar Hotel

14 Fleet Street, Dublin 2
The Temple Bar Hotel is a 5-minute walk from Dublin’s 2 main shopping streets, Grafton Street and Henry Street. It offers comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi and modern Irish cuisine.

The Clarence The Clarence

6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
Owned by Bono and The Edge of U2, The Clarence boasts sumptuous rooms with super king-size, wrought-iron beds and velvet drapes. On the River Liffey, the hotel is situated right in Dublin’s centre.

The Morgan Hotel The Morgan Hotel

10 Fleet Street, Dublin 2
In Dublin city centre, this elegant boutique hotel has designer rooms in the heart of Temple Bar district. Trinity College is nearby. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi and free access to the fitness centre Crunch Fitness Aston Quay.

Guesthouses in Temple Bar

Eliza Lodge Temple Bar Eliza Lodge Temple Bar

23/24 Wellington Quay, Corner of Eustace St, Dublin 2
This central, modern guest house overlooks the River Liffey in Dublin's Temple Bar. It has soundproof windows and the Italian Corner Restaurant. The Eliza Guesthouse is a short walk from Trinity College, O'Connell Street and St Stephen's Green.

The Merchant House The Merchant House

8 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
In Temple Bar, close to the Button Factory venue, The Merchant House has spacious, luxurious suites that are minutes from restaurants, theatres, bars and historic landmarks.

The Norseman (Formerly Farringtons of Temple Bar) The Norseman (Formerly Farringtons of Temple Bar)

28 East Essex Street, Dublin 2
Situated in Dublin's thriving Temple Bar district, the Victorian bar and partitions over 120 years old, invite you to take a seat, relax and soak up the atmosphere.

Hostels in Temple Bar

Abigail Abigail's Hostel

7-9 Aston Quay, Dublin 2
Just seconds from cultural Temple Bar, Abigail's Hostel has an excellent city-centre location on Aston Quay, overlooking the River Liffey.

Barnacles Temple Bar House Barnacles Temple Bar House

19 Temple Lane South, Dublin 2
This fun and well equipped hostel is a safe, clean environment with a perfect location in the city centre of Dublin, right in Temple Bar, the city's cultural quarter. Barnacles Budget Accommodation is one of Ireland's most popular tourist hostels.

Oliver St. John Gogarty Oliver St. John Gogarty's Hostel

Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Oliver St. John Gogarty hostel is situated in the heart of Dublin’s cultural quarter, Temple Bar. The hostel offers private and shared accommodation with free Wi-Fi and breakfast included.

The Apache Hostel The Apache Hostel

29 Eustace Street, Dublin 2
The Apache is 200 metres from Dublin Castle and a 5-minute walk from St Stephen's Green. It offers affordable accommodation, free Wi-Fi and a rooftop terrace. The Apache Hostel is located in the vibrant Temple Bar district of Dublin.

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